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A store in St. Louis, Missouri, indicates it accepts food stamp benefits.

With food stamp recklessness, LePage shows little respect for federal law, Maine’s poor

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 25, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is so intent on keeping food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy sugary drinks and candy that, apparently, he’s willing to put food assistance benefits at risk for more than 190,000 Maine residents.
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Why Maine should follow Portland’s lead and raise tobacco purchase age

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 24, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
Editorial: Portland city councilors on Monday unanimously agreed to raise the city’s tobacco purchase age to 21. This is a smart move that should prompt state lawmakers to take similar action.
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The Pulse night club sign is pictured through a fence following the mass shooting there last week in Orlando, Florida, June 21, 2016.

Mass shootings are about isolation, anger — not religion or ethnicity

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 23, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Editorial: Dividing Americans and pitting them against those who follow a different religious faith or come from a different ethnic background won’t make us safer. It will only make us more fearful, angry and isolated.
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Sen. Susan Collins speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016.

Collins offers hope for action on guns and reminds us there’s so much more to do

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 22, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
Collins is offering a path forward that, we hope, will build the momentum needed for more significant changes.
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Members of Maine's Native American tribes rallied outside the State House on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

It’s time for tribes, Maine to renegotiate terms of tribal sovereignty, state authority

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 21, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Editorial: The central point of contention is that the tribes and state have different views of where tribal sovereignty ends and state authority begins. Without resolving this fundamental issue, the cycle of disagreements and disengagement will continue, hurting the tribes and the state.
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan talks to reporters during an event to discuss the Republican Party's anti-poverty plan at House of Help City of Hope in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, June 7, 2016.

Paul Ryan has the wrong diagnosis for the nation’s welfare programs

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 20, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Editorial: The House GOP’s anti-poverty policy paper speaks in broad terms about holding states accountable and measuring results of the federal government’s various anti-poverty efforts. But with a flawed underlying premise, the House GOP looks to be setting the stage for a disappointing history to repeat itself.
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Paddlers race to the finish at Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta in this July 2015 file photo.

Why the Penobscot River’s revitalization is just beginning

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 18, 2016, at 6:49 p.m.
The official Penobscot River restoration is now complete. The revitalization of the river is just beginning.
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Heroin and needles

Diseases are on the rise in Maine, but the causes aren’t outside our borders

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 17, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Editorial: There is a lot to be alarmed about in the CDC infectious disease reports, and the governor is right to be concerned about rising infection rates. But falsely placing the blame on those seeking asylum in the U.S. won’t solve the problem.
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Nick Tucciarelli and his daughter, Campbell, visit a vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Four direct ways to reduce gun violence

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 16, 2016, at 12:49 p.m.
Editorial: There will continue to be much hand-wringing and finger-pointing after the Orlando shootings. Following these four simple steps won’t end gun violence and won’t prevent all future mass shootings, but these simple steps can help reduce the carnage.
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Natural gas pipes seen in Lincoln, Feb. 27, 2014.

Maine needs more natural gas, but all of New England should commit to the solution

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 15, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
Editorial: Maine ratepayers won’t necessarily benefit by paying up to $75 million per year to buy capacity in yet-to-be-built pipelines as a way to spur their construction.
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Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2015 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 3, 2015.

LePage should work with Legislature while it’s in session, not call for a special session

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 14, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Editorial: Instead of making threats long after the Legislature has adjourned — and frequently insulting and demeaning its members — LePage would do better to work with lawmakers to further his agenda on the front end and to ensure he knows how things are paid for or not.
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Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the investigation of a shooting at the Pulse night club, where as many as 20 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire, in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.

After Orlando massacre, ‘fill the world with love to block out the hate’

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 13, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
As law enforcement officials unravel the reasons behind the deadly rampage in Orlando, instead of bringing one another down, people should be building up one another.
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Former Stanford student Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in county jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman in January 2015, is shown in this Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo released on June 7, 2016.

Rapists are usually nice guys. That’s how they get away with it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 11, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
Brock Turner’s swim times, status as a college student or “baby face” should have little bearing on the outcome of a sexual assault case.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on the day several states held presidential primaries, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, June 7, 2016.

Shame on politicians who denounce Trump’s comments but don’t speak out against him

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 10, 2016, at 6:57 a.m.
Editorial: Trump’s offensive comments are not uttered by mistake; they reflect who he is and what he thinks.
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Most people couldn’t answer this question about colleges grads correctly. Can you?

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 09, 2016, at 12:03 p.m.
Editorial: There’s a significant disparity between the incomes and opportunities of those with a postsecondary degree and those without. Understanding that gap and the benefit of furthering one’s education is key to growing this state’s economy.
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Gov. Paul LePage squeaks a rubber pig next to a Christmas tree festooned with pictures of lawmakers who disagreed with him during a budget dispute in 2015.

LePage keeps a list of NRCM donors? This reminds us of other shady politicians.

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 08, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage has made no secret of his enemies list.
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Demonstrators listen to a speech about the difficulties involved with sexual assault, during a demonstration in support of the singer Kesha outside Sony headquarters in New York March 11, 2016.

‘You have dragged me through this hell with you’: After rape, this victim’s voice must be heard

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 07, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
No more blaming alcohol. No more asking questions about what a victim was wearing. No more minimizing a crime because the perpetrator swims fast.
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Savour Chocolatier owner Kim Dagher pours chocolate in her Veazie kitchen. “

Why you should just eat that chocolate

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 06, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Finally, there’s a study telling you that something you enjoy is also good for you: chocolate.
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At the northbound Hampden visitor center, Bill Nadeau, travel counselor for the Maine Tourism Association, talks with Len and Lynette Seader of New Jersey about plans for their first visit to Bar Harbor. A new program from Live + Work Maine aims to get tourists to move to Maine.

If you vacation in Maine, you can work here, too

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 04, 2016, at 9:28 a.m.
Editorial: It is well documented that Maine needs more people in order to thrive economically. What if a small fraction of the state’s expected 34 million tourists became residents?
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William Beardsley was named deputy commissioner of the Department of Education last week.

Why the Department of Education needs a real commissioner

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 03, 2016, at 10:42 a.m.
Editorial: At its core, this is about LePage again refusing to do the basic job of governing.